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Mourning Ring

1936.280 (RS7616)


Rectangular gold mounting set with a plait of brown hair under glass surrounded by a chased gold border and a black enamel border, engraved on reverse.


"WPM / Obt. Jan 5th 1840" (Engraved)
glass (material)
Object type
Ceremonial Artifacts; Funerary Objects
Descriptive terms
glass (material)
mourning rings
Ornament, Mourning
Ring, Mourning
rings (jewelry)
5/16 (W), 9/16 (diameter) (inches)
Accession Number
Reference Notes
For more information on hair jewelry see Bell, C. Jeanenne, "Collector's Encyclopedia of Hairwork Jewelry," (1998); Bury, Shirley, "Jewellery, 1789-1910," v. 2 (1991): 680-698; Campbell, Mark, "The Art of Hair Work: Hair Braiding and Jewelry of Sentiment with Catalog of Hair Jewelry," Eds. Jules & Kaethe Kliot (facsimile of 1875 printing, 1996); Dawes, Ginny Reddington & Corinne Davidov, "Victorian Jewelry: Unexplored Treasures," (1991): 139-143; Fales, Martha Gandy, "Jewelry in America, 1600-1900," (1995): 98-107, 214-219.
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Title Paste Diamond Accession number 1935.1171
Title Gold Watch key Accession number 1935.1172
Title Framed photos of William and Rebecca Gerry Accession number 1935.1408 ab
Title Agate Brooch Accession number 1935.1449
Title Bar pin Accession number 1935.1451
Title c - Shell pin in box Accession number 1936.274 a
Title Tortoiseshell Chain Accession number 1936.275
Title Pair of Tortoiseshell Bracelets Accession number 1936.276
Title Hair Watch Chain Accession number 1936.277
Title Hair Watch Chain Accession number 1936.278
Title Gold Ring Accession number 1936.280
Title Pair of Hair Bracelets with Gold Clasps Accession number 1936.281 ab
Title Hair Ring Accession number 1936.282
Title Mourning Brooch Accession number 1936.283
Title Gold and Hair Ring Accession number 1936.284
Title Hair Brooch Accession number 1936.285
Title Hair Brooch Accession number 1936.286
Title Hair Locket Accession number 1936.287
Title Gold, Hair, and Glass Ring Accession number 1936.288
Title Embroidered Collar owned by Rebecca Wilson Gerry Accession number 1936.709
Title Watch chain Accession number 1948.84